Thursday, 2 May 2013

It's All Coming Back To Me Now - The Wedding Of The Century....Or 1988, At Least.

Well, who was John looking at during the first kiss...?

Lyndal and John, What Went Wrong?
by Jo Michelmore

Chatting on a friends balcony recently, we were discussing his latest aqquisition from one of his op shop missions; this time it wasn't a new/old piece of fabulous clothing, not a new pair of shoes, not even a new retro decorative item for his already stylish house. This time, his grand purchase was a champagne glass. Not just any champagne glass. This one was special. Engraved. Engraved with two names...Lyndal and John. 1988.

Oh Lyndal and John, what went wrong? You were such a lovely couple, how can things have turned so sour? Who were Lyndal and John? Oh, I don't know, but things must have turned bad for them right? If they were still married then the champagne glasses from their wedding wouldn't have ended up at an opshop, right? Right.

Their wedding day, 1988. What a beautiful day it would have been. So many puffy sleeves, so many unnatural fibres, so much hair. Lots of big big hair. LOTS of teased hair. So let's think about this, if it all went wrong, is it because they listened to too much music in 1988, or not enough?

When they met, maybe Lyndall thought it was cute, John yelling out his car window at her but Lyndal probably didn't realise John had taken Billy Ocean's words

"Get outta my dreams, get into my car
Get outta my dreams, get in the back seat baby"

and yelled them at her three bridesmaids as well....


Maybe John, on the other hand, thought Lyndal was someone she wasn't. Just because she was the last one he invited to the backseat of her car didn't mean she'd not seen any other backseats. After all,  Lyndal was a big fan of Samantha Fox and liked to live her life by her words, then she met John...

"Temporary love's so bad, but it feels so good
Then along came you, now I know it's true
Naughty girls need love...too"


Love does strange things to people and somehow, Lyndal and John worked out, for a couple of years there. Maybe it was the thought of Phil Collins words during their first wedding dance that kept them together for a few years.

"When I'm feeling blue, all I have to do
Is take a look at you, then I'm not so blue.... 
We got a groovy kind of love"


So what tore them apart? Maybe John realised he'd made a terrible mistake. While Lyndal was a cute chick, maybe it was something else John was looking for all along, and that was something Lyndal just couldn't be. George Michael knew exactly what kind of person John was looking for

"I will be your father figure, put your tiny hand in mine
I will be your preacher teacher, anything you have in mind"


Or maybe it was Lyndal, she married so young, but all she wanted was some time to decide what she was doing with her life. If only she'd listened to Kylie more.

"I've got to be, got to be certain
I've got to be so sure, I've had my share of hearts broken
And I don't wanna take that any more"


Still, it doesn't matter what happened, or why it happened; all that matters is that John and Lyndal went on to find what they wanted, when they wanted, where they wanted it. As long as they ended up happy, who cares where their wedding flutes ended up? Like Fairground Attraction said in that fateful year of 1988, whoever they ended up with, as long as they ended up happy, everything ended perfectly...

"It's got to be perfect, it's got to be worth it, yeah.
Too many people take second best
But I won't take anything less, it's got to be, yeah


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